To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
I am working on a screenplay entitled "Goodbye GM." I would appreciate reactions from American readers as to whether or not I am on the "right track" and I also invite suggestions providing they do not interfere with my royalties. I am prepared to negotiate with anyone who can come up with a really good ending.
Story Outline: We start off with two families, both very different in outlook. Jeanine's family is well established in Boston. Her mother is the usual enlightened square. Her father is a professor of chemistry at Harvard University. He has sold his soul to the Pentagon but has brainwashed himself into believing he still serves the community, his university, and the nation. He has no clue that he is, in fact, an absolute fink.
Meanwhile, down in New York, Jensen Jensen's family is entirely different. Living in a sprawling apartment on Riverside Drive, Jensen maintains a group marriage menage. His marriage partners are Carlotta, Emery, Marian, and Clancy. Most often Jensen is paired off with Carlotta, and Emery with Marian. At odd times, when he is lonely, both Carlotta and Marian will pair off with Clancy. They have all studied the howling monkey society and they like what they have learned.
The connecting link between Jeanine Adam's family and Jensen Jensen's family is Clancy. He met Jeanine while visiting Boston and had invited her to visit him to Columbia where he is taking his degree in anthropology.
The plot thickens quickly. Jensen Jensen is arrested at a sit-in on Morningside Heights. Spurred on by the Nixon-Mitchell idiots, the magistrate throws the book at Jensen and his friends. One year in jail.
Emery, an automotive marketing student, suggests to his angry friends that they get GM. They are wasting their time in fleabite, childish protests against people that don't count.
Drive General Motors off the Big Board and then, only then, will people start listening. GOODBYE GM, and as certain as night follows day, the entire rotten structure will collapse.
Some laugh at Emery, others point out the total, awesome power of GM--they are too tough. Emery explains how cowardly they have been acting--only against the soft touches. If you really believe in change, then be prepared to cut the big mustard and drive General Motors off the Big Board.
Now Emery tells them how they can get GM. There are ten to fifteen million sitting targets--every GM car, truck, and bus extant. Don't confuse the issue by hitting at Ford or Chrysler, you can dictate terms to them after GM is shut down. Don't hurt the people in the cars. Your fight is against machines, not men. Smash windshields, use beer can openers to dig long scratches into the sides of the monsters. Get jobs at gas stations, in garages--dump sand, valve grinding compound, detergent into the crankcases and gas tanks.
MAKE IT THE MOST UNPOPULAR, MOST UNPLEASANT THING IN THE USA TO OWN A GM CAR.
Obvious result: GM sales take a dive. Jeanine breaks with her family in Boston and joins the group in picketing Wall Street. The picket signs are doomful, sarcastic:
NIXON IS A PRIXON DRIVE GM OFF THE BIG BOARD '29 WAS AN EASY TIME SELL NOW YOU SUCKERS -- THE BIG CRASH IS COMING! I OFFER GM FOR ONE DOLLAR A SHARE--ANY BUYERS?
Wall Street panics. Nixon does his nut. The establishment is in shambles. The young people have won.
(Author's note: My problem -- what happens next?) L. Z. Hargreaves The White House Albany Street London NW1 (Copyright Reserved, 1969 London, England)